Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: South Holston, Salmon River
Tubular......William (Walter) Dingley (and his son Ernest) made what are considered trade reels. Meaning they were made for the various tackle merchants at the time. I'm going from memory here....so you will have to excuse me if I'm missing something.
You will see Dingley Perfects listed as Alex Martin (Thistles), Ogden Smith (Exchequors), Westley Richards, William Mills, Fosters of Ashbourne, Walker Bampton, etc...all tackle stores. The full list is called out in the 'D is for Dingley' book. I think there's over 50 if I'm not mistaken in the US, Canada, UK, and Belgium.
This is an advertisement for the post war Ernest Dingley Perfect and St Georges.
Dingley made Perfects in 1/4" increments from 3" up to I believe 4.5" (which are rare). The 3.5" wide spool version is tougher to find. Below are pics taken from the vintagefishingtackle.co.uk website. You will note there is a distinct difference (first 2x pics are narrow spool, the other 2x...the wide model. I'm sorry I just don't know what the capacity difference is.
As far as reel feet go....the older William Dingley reels have larger reel feet and there is a fair amount of variation. They won't fit modern reel seats unless it has been custom fitted with some rare exceptions. I personally use all of my older Dingleys on sliding band reel seat bamboo rods for this reason. The feet are screwed on.....so you can get someone like Bill Archuletta to make you a new one for a rod with a "modern" reel seat, so you can keep the original for resale/collector value. You just have to be careful as some reels the screws have been peened over to prevent them backing loose. I asked a local machine shop if they could make me a reel foot and they advised against it when they noted this had been done. I don't advise filing down the feet to make them fit......as it lowers the collector's value considerably. It's been done.....
As far as using a narrow version on a 12' 5 WT.......man I can't see getting an SA Scandi Lite line and any backing on it. Maybe you could on the wide spool version.......but I would suggest trying to work out a deal with the seller that you would like a grace period to investigate your options.
I hope this helps...
ft09 - Mike
Last edited by flytie09; 01-09-2020 at 09:38 PM.